Roosevelt school board will maintain control of district

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PHOENIX - The Arizona State Board of Education decided Thursday to let the Roosevelt School District maintain control of the district.

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne urged for a vote from the board to relieve the local school board from its authority to guide the Roosevelt District.

Despite Horne advocating a take over, recent AIMS results showed the Roosevelt School District has shown improvement under local control.

District Superintendent Dr. Mark Dowling gave credit to the community for those improvements.

"We have worked closely with hundreds of community members in various groups including, Roosevelt Education Association, Be a Leader Foundation, and South Mountain/Laveen Chamber of Commerce, to ensure that the entire community is invested in improving our schools," says Dr. Dowling. "We know this is just the beginning, and there will always be room for improvement. That said, we are still very happy with the academic success our students have achieved so far. We are on the right path."

Recent AIMS results show courtesy of the Roosevelt School District:

-- Over 85% of the schools in our district are ranked as performing or performing plus (18 of 21)

--Between 2005-2008, Roosevelt students' reading scores for grades 3-8 have increased over 8 times the state's average gains. (52% average improvement for RSD and 6% average for State of Arizona)

--Between 2005-2008, Roosevelt students' math scores for grades 3-8 have increased over 6 times the state's average gains. (32% average improvement for RSD and 5% average for State of Arizona)